Photo: Spaniard Daniel Galvan's Moroccan pardon revoked, arrested in Spain
A Spaniard convicted in Morocco of sexually molesting children is in custody in Spain after the Moroccan king revoked the pardon he had granted only last week, sources in the Spanish Interior Ministry told Efe Monday.
Daniel Galvan was arrested in the southeastern province of Murcia and will be placed at the disposition of Spain’s National Court, the sources said.
The pedophile was arrested just as Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon and Moroccan counterpart was conferring about the matter by telephone.
A Moroccan delegation will travel to Madrid to hold a meeting on Tuesday with officials from the Justice Ministry.
Galvan was sentenced in 2011 to 30 years in prison for abusing 11 children ranging in age from 2 to 14, but last Tuesday he was released after Morocco’s King Mohammed VI issued a collective pardon to 48 Spaniards imprisoned in the North African nation.
After a wave of protests in Morocco over Galvan’s pardon, the monarch decided to revoke it and his staff reported Sunday night that Mohammed VI had given instructions to his justice minister to study with his Spanish counterpart the next steps that should be taken after the nullification of the pardon.
Spain’s ambassador to Rabat, Alberto Navarro, said Monday that Madrid had presented to the Moroccan king two separate lists - one with requests for pardons for 18 prisoners and another for the transfer to Spain of 30 prisoners.
To Spain’s surprise, however, all 48 people on both lists were pardoned and Galvan was thus released.